Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Crochet for Cancer: Crochet-a-long and Giveaway

I am so excited to be participating in my first crochet-a-long (CAL) for charity. Sara from My Merry Messy Life has set up this opportunity to give to others affected with cancer and also the possibility of winning a fabulous prize from Red Heart Yarn. 

Crochet for Cancer - Crochet-A-Long and $125 Prize from Red Heart Yarns!

Over the next two weeks, we are going to be making four projects (or more if time allows!) to mail to a chapter of Crochet for Cancer, Hooks of Hope, located in Eastern Pennsylvania. We have 9 bloggers participating and have compiled all of our best hat patterns for you to choose from to make your projects. The person's whose packaged is first received by Hooks for Hope wins a prize package from Red Heart Yarn, worth $125!!


The Crochet-A-Long is open worldwide, but the contest is better suited to residents of the US and Canada, although anyone is welcome to mail a package to Hooks of Hope. Contest rules:
1. Complete the challenge by making at least 4 projects (or two large projects, like a blanket or shawl)
2. Mail your package to Hooks of Hope (address above)
3. Make sure your package is postmarked on or before April 28, 2014
4. All packages with that postmark will be entered into a raffle three weeks afterApril 28 on May 19 (to give time for all the packages to come in the mail). 
5. The first package drawn will receive the grand prize from Red Heart. The 2nd through 5th packages will received handmade plarn bags with yarn goodies inside from Hooks of Hope!

If you need a pattern, here are the patterns from the bloggers participating below. If not, make your own!

Participating Bloggers: 

My Merry Messy Life

Beatrice Ryan Designs 


I'm Hooked  

Curious Tiff Crochet

KT and the Squid

Elk Studio


Please Read the Requirements for Your Donation, per the Crochet for Cancer website:

·  Must be new – never worn
·  Clean – free of perfume, pet hair and smoke
·  Placed individually in clear ziplock style plastic bags
·  Soft yarn is best- cotton, acrylic, silk, fleece or a blend is best. Do not use wool or alpaca as they can irritate the scalp.
·  We accept baby, children, youth, and adult hats.
·  Please use patterns that do not have gaps or large holes. A tighter stitch is best so that it covers the scalp.
·  Be sure to wash your hands on a regular basis while making the caps.

They also accept other items, which are fine if you want to use these instead for the CAL.

·  Scarves   
·  Blankets (all sizes)
·  Prayer Shawls        
·  Be creative, we accept any type of gift item to give to a person fighting cancer. For example, a crochet pink ribbon pin to support breast cancer awareness.      
·  Yarn, Yarn, Yarn!!!
·  We accept gift cards to purchase yarn and supplies from the following locations: Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, AC Moore Crafts, Wal-Mart, and JoAnn Fabric.

Please Mail Your Package to:

Hooks of Hope
c/o Melissa Wortmann
P.O. Box 163
Neffs, PA 18065

International Readers

We would still love for you to participate by donating your projects to your local hospitals or charities. Let us know what you're up to by sharing on our social media! (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, etc).

The Fabulous Prize - $125 Worth of Yarn From Red Heart!

Here is the prize that Red Heart Yarn has graciously provided to participate in our event! The person's whose packaged is first received by Hooks of Hope AFTER the two weeks have ended 0n April 20, with 4 projects included, wins this prize package, worth $125!!

Crochet for Cancer Prize Package from Red Heart Yarn

So, share the projects you've completed and are sending in on any of my social media and comment with what you'll be making below! Use the hashtag #CrochetForCancerCAL so we can follow each other!

Thanks, Sara for all your hard work in putting together this event. Thanks also to the fellow bloggers who are sharing their patterns and sharing about this CAL and giveaway.  

Happy giving!

~ Fabi 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Crocheting Mandalas

The other day I went bold with cotton yarn. I took line green, light blue, darker blue , hot pink, and baby pink; I knew those colors belonged together somehow. In a matter of an evening, I completed a crochet mandala that is now hanging up over my kitchen pantry. I followed Made in K-Town's pattern which was very easy to follow thanks to the clear instructions and detailed photos. 

Hope you enjoy the pictures I took along the way. 

Have you made a mandala? What colors did you use? How do you use your mandala? 

Happy crocheting! 

~ Fabi

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New baby outfit

I have been spending more and more time lately working on special gifts for little boys. As a mom of two boys, I have noticed the wide availability for girl things.

As I was a creating a custom piece, I looked for my favorite materials to create a one of a kind outfit for a little boy who will enter this world sometime in April. 

Here are some pictures:

The new outfit is available at my Etsy shop. Feel free to send me a message if you would have it. 

happy crafting! 
~ Fabi
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Sewing for my boys

Parece que cada uno de mis hijos ha sometido a una etapa de Mickey Mouse. Mi hijo mayor ha pasado de Mickey Mouse, pero mis hijos todavía realmente le gustaría. Vale, adorarlo!

Mickey ('Mou') tiene un lugar especial en sus corazones.

Entonces, hice cada uno su almohada especial de Mickey Mouse con la tela que compré en Jo-Ann.

Suministros de hacer 2 almohadas:

Corte cuatro rectángulos 16 inches de ancho por 12 inches de largo.

Colocar dos rectángulos lados derecho frente a frente.

Pin sus tejidos.

Cosa a lo largo del rectángulo dándole ½ pulgadas para el margen de costura. NO coser los rectángulos cerrados. Deja brecha 1en donde será el relleno de su almohada.

Consejo: siempre una copia de puntadas al comienzo de cada sección después de girar sus telas.    También regresan puntada donde terminas coser sus rectángulos antes de salir de la abertura.

Consejo 2: Después de coser los rectángulos en el margen de costura, corte las cuatro esquinas. Asegúrese de no cortar el hilo allí. 

Cosas de su almohada. Su hijo estará ansioso por ayudar a hacer esto con usted!

Mano coser la abertura cerrada mediante la puntada manta. También puede utilizar una manta puntada de la máquina de coser si usted desea.   Tenga cuidado y empujar el relleno fuera del camino, sin embargo. Usted será capaz de ajustar la forma de la almohada después de que haya terminado de coser.

Eso es todo. Usted acaba de hacer una almohada totalmente lavables que sus hijos les encantará.

Coser feliz,

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Playing and Learning with Shapes

Learning the shapes is fun. In our learning cabinet I keep different baskets containing manipulatives, amongst them there is a bag full of wooden shapes like stars, squares, circles, and triangles.  There are many ways we use them and I try to keep it different for the kids. Often times, they use them during their free-play time at the table and build towers. So fun. I love hearing them giggle as they try to keep the tower from falling. 

This time I got out the shapes, paint, and brushes to make a  Colorful Shapes Collage.


  • wooden shapes
  • washable paint
  • brushes
  • paper
  • painting smocks
  • towels


  1. Set the paint on the table and let the children choose their colors.
  2. Demonstrate (if necessary) how to paint using the brush.
  3. Stamp the paper
  4. Have fun! 

This was a fun, very hands-on, and interactive activity. 

Happy learning!


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